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Zanzibar archipelago as seen from a commercial flight

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A few images taken from a flight over Zanzibar archipelago, as it neared Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) from Doha (Qatar). The azure coastline of Zanzibar as seen from the Doha - Dar es Salaam flight. A screenshot from googlemaps showing location of Zanzibar archipelago in relation to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania https://www.google.co.tz/maps/@-5.8632711,38.8891983,9z To the east of Dar es Salaam (Dar) are two main archipelagos (group of islands), the archipelago comprising of Pemba and other islands as well as the archipelago comprising of Unjuga and surrounding islands, which the city of Zanzibar island is located. Apart from being scenically beautiful, these islands have a rich human history as well, in particular Zanzibar. I have moved to Dar for a few months. Any friend travelling to this lovely city and country (or needing a reason to travel here) is welcome to connect with me. Travellers who come across this blog are welcome to write to me for travel related infor

Kutchi Memon Ramzan Iftar Dastarkhwan @ Bengaluru

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Here is a wonderful home-prepared Kutchi Memon dastarkhwan which was hosted at Fraser Town on 5 July 2015. A special thanks to Mansoor Ali, star food-walker and co-founder Bengaluru By Foot as well as Nadir Aslam, a foodie, for guiding us through the menu. Most of these are prepared/ served as part of Razman month and normally not available otherwise. The concept of this dastwarkhwan , organised by 'Bengaluru by Foot' is to encourage people from all faiths and social group to gather as one for their common love- food. And in the process it helps people practising faiths other than Islam, to learn about the holy month of Ramzan with its traditions. Here is what was served at the event: Starters - to break the fast:  - Dry fruit Sherbat  (pronounced 'Sharbat' in Mysore Dakkani dialect) peppered with Zaffran (saffron)  - Minced lamb meat 'Warqi somosas' ('Warq' means paper)  - Mutton brain pakoda  - Mutton shammi kabab  - Shikampur kabab  - Ar

A pictorial introduction to Lal Bagh, the crown of Bengaluru's green spaces

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Lalbagh has historically been known for its wealth of vegetation. Some of the trees are over 200 years old like this tall mango tree, which bears fruits till date.  To see a larger version of this map click here The main gate of  Lal Bagh, an 18th century garden in Bengaluru. The construction of Lalbagh (pronounced 'Laal Baagh') garden in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) has been attributed to the father-son Mysore rulers Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan during the 18th century when they ruled this part of India. The British Raj literature says that Haidar Ali's inspiration for Lal Bagh came from the Mughal-era Khan Bagh garden at Sira, Tumakuru (formerly Tumkur) District. Sira is a historically important town having been ruled by the Nayakas, Adil Shahis and the Mughals before changing hands between the Marathas and Haidar-Tipu. Beyond the death of Tipu Sultan on the battlefield on 4th May 1799 the British took over this garden and maintained it as a green space. Th

Bonding made easy, thanks to online travel portals and apps

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The hills are a favourite place for newly-weds to get away from the crowds The days immediately following your marriage are the most important ones to know and understand your soul-mate. This is a period that helps you cement your relationship for the rest of your lives. Traditionally, the ideal way of doing so has been to get away from the daily routine and spend time with your better half. Newly-weds usually pick and choose from the array of honeymoon destinations and themes based on their common interests. While some choose the hills for their pleasant weather or the backwaters for their idyllic settings, others choose the sea to let loose the adventurer in them. When one thinks of the hills, the snow-capped Himalayas and the lush Western Ghats strike an immediate chord. Speaking of the sea, the vast vistas of Andaman and Goa come to our minds.  Gone are the days, when people had to undergo the travails of booking their holidays through a maze of paper work, walking up and d